James Beard Foundation

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    October 28, 2014

    Eight's Great GrillFest Brings America's Test Kitchen Stars to Peoria This Sunday

    This Sunday Arizona PBS will bring a handful of food and drink experts from across the country to Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia for a day of education, food, and drink at the second annual Eight's Great GrillFest. This year's special guests include Anthony Dias Blue, James Beard Foundation award-wi ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in September

    Last month we released Best of Phoenix 2014, recognizing some of the best restaurants and bars in the Valley. Many of the most memorable things I ate and drank in September come from places included in the Food & Drink section of the issue though some dishes are from new spots around town. I hope y ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Eight's Great GrillFest Returns to Peoria This Fall; Tickets on Sale This Friday

    Last fall Eight, Arizona PBS hosted the first annual Eight's Great GrillFest in Peoria, bringing national and local celebrity chefs to the Valley to celebrate the art of cooking with fire. This November the event will return to a new venue and will have a new focus on fine wines. Some of the Southwe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    The 5 Geekiest Online Wine Sites

    Many of our life experiences have been enhanced by the internet. Just think about the days prior to Facebook when all we got were a few birthday cards and now we awake on our birthday to several dozen birthday wishes. Our wine experience is no different, the wealth of content related to wine on the ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Handlebar Tempe Tuesday, March 11 This Tuesday Mill Avenue's Handlebar will be debuting a new menu that includes beers, cocktails, and food. To celebrate they're hosting a New Menu Release Party and are offering an extended happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. that will include half off all draft beers and ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014
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    August 3, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed. Jeff Kraus' 5 Best T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The Fry Bread House in Central Phoenix Moving to New Location

    The Fry Bread House, the Phoenix restaurant that, in 2012, won the James Beard Foundation's America's Classics award honoring legendary, family-owned restaurants across the country, is moving. Opened in 1992 by Cecelia Miller of the Tohono O'odham Nation, the place the Beard Foundation recognized f ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013
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    June 17, 2013

    Crudo and Noca Team Up for a One-Night-Only, Five-Course Cocktail Dinner in Praise of the Tomato

    Some say tomato. Others, tomahto. But when it comes to to enjoying the flavor of this perfect summertime fruit, you'll want to say "reservations, please" when venerable East Phoenix restaurants Crudo and Noca join forces to praise it proper. See also: - English Rose Tea Room to Host Royal Baby Show ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Binkley's in Cave Creek June 19

    The most versatile -- and perhaps most succulent -- of summer fruits isn't the peach, blackberry, or mango. No, it's the humble tomato, often overlooked as a mere sandwich topping or fodder for bland canned sauces. Join chef Kevin Binkley on Wednesday, June 19, as he honors heirloom tomatoes with wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Robert McGrath Takes Summer Gig at Mustang Monument Eco-Resort in Nevada

    James Beard Award winner and host of Emmy Award-winning Check, Please! Arizona on PBS, Robert McGrath has landed a unique summer gig as executive chef for a brand new eco-resort in Nevada. Situated in the wilderness, in the middle of a wild mustang preserve in the northeastern part of the state, Mus ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013
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    May 6, 2013

    Grab Your Favorite Dining Buddy: Arizona Spring Restaurant Week Is Almost Here

    Twice a year, the Arizona Restaurant Association tries to entice us into dining out for 10 days straight by getting more than a hundred local restaurants to offer prix-fixe menus for $30 or $40. And every year, twice a year, it pretty much works. See also: - April Restaurant Openings and Closings ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    5 Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Your Cheat Sheet to This Sunday's Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape - 8 Great Guacamoles in Metro Phoenix 29th Annual My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge Great ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Revival of Arizona Watermelon Festival in Historic Glendale on June 8

    This summer, one of Arizona's oldest food festivals is back after lying fallow for several decades. First held in 1949, the Arizona Watermelon Festival is an old-timey Glendale tradition that once brought together up to 40,000 people each year to celebrate local agriculture. The revived version will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Bink's Midtown Is a Must (Especially When It Comes to Veggies)

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Chris Curtiss Leaves NoRTH Fattoria Italiana for Bourbon Steak

    Chef Chris Curtiss, who has spent the past 19 months implementing a house-made pasta program for Sam Fox's NoRTH Fattoria Italiana, is leaving Fox's organization to work for James Beard Award-winner Michael Mina at Bourbon Steak in the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess. See also: -- Chris Curtiss Dishe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Kevin Binkley to Open Bink's Midtown in Phoenix on Wednesday

    No, it isn't your St. Patrick's Day hangover messin' with your head: Bink's Midtown, the restaurant from James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley, will open this week in the former Sophie's Bistro space on Osborn. See also: -2013 James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced: 4 Arizona Candidate ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Cullen Campbell's Crudo to Host a Late-Night Pop-Up Pizza Party

    He may be cooking at the James Beard Award House in April, but Cullen Campbell, chef-owner of Crudo, his modern Italian restaurant in East Phoenix, still likes to party -- pizza party, that is. See also: - Crudo Chef Cullen Campbell Invited to Cook at the James Beard House - 11 Best Pizza Spots in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Sam Fox Wants Us to Start Preparing for a "Life-Changing Food Experience"

    Hey, how's your day going so far? Are you talking about last night's Oscars? (We all are!) Getting another cup of coffee? Planning where to go for lunch today? See also: - New Restaurants in the Works for Arcadia's La Grande Orange - 2013 James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced: 4 Arizona Candid ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Edible Communities Launches an iPhone App with Recipes, Menus and Bonus Organic Gardening Magazine Subscription

    The James Beard Award winning collection of regional and seasonal food magazines, Edible Communities, founded by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian, has recently launched an iPhone app. See also: - Four Best Farmers Markets in Greater Phoenix - Chow Bella's 9 Most Dramatic Moments in the National Foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    18: Sam Fox

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Beau MacMillan Stars in New Game Show "Beat the Chefs," Premiering Thursday, August 23rd

    See also: Beau MacMillan To Appear On Premiere of Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Made Beau Mac -- executive chef of Elements at Sanctuary Resort -- is our local celeb-chef and certifiably famous TV star, the high-energy, fast-talking BoSox buff who's truly in his element on the small screen. ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Janos and J Bar in Tucson to Close Next Month

    May 27 no doubt will be a dark day for Tucson food lovers. Two of the city's most acclaimed restaurants -- Janos and J Bar -- will serve their last suppers on May 26 before permanently shuttering their doors at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. In a phone interview with Chow Bella, celeb chef J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    A Friends of James Beard Dinner in Our Own Backyard Last Night

    Is a trip to NYC and a dinner at the famed James Beard House on your "bucket list"? Note to self, a taste of the experience and access to James Beard award winning chefs from across the nation is right in your backyard. Well, it was last night, anyway. While the James Beard Foundation celebrates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Gâteau Marjolaine at Christopher's

    Phoenix isn't exactly a culinary hub, and the Valley's restaurants don't always get the kind of attention as those in New York, L.A., and Seattle. But we have our fair share of star chefs, and if there was a leader of the pack, it might just have to be Chef Christopher Gross. He and his restaurants ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Almond Fritters with Azuki Bean Syrup at Nobuo Teeter House

    With James Beard Award-winning Chef Nobuo Fukuda at the helm, it's no wonder that Nobuo Teeter House has one of the best restaurant reputations in town. However, it seems like every time someone says, "Their food is absolutely incredible," the high praise is followed by, "...but so expensive." Serve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Chris Bianco: Behind the Design of Italian Restaurant, Pizzeria Bianco, Pane Bianco, and Bar Bianco

    ​Local chef and restaurateur Chris Bianco takes obvious pride in his food (after all, not every pizza in Phoenix can beat out a pie from New York City).  But equal to the fresh ingredients, including his own tomatoes, mozzarella, and family pasta recipes, are the environments that Bianco cr ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    This Week's Tastiest Links!

    ​- The chimichanga as our official state food? Macayo's says yes. I say no. - Chow Bella - The James Beard Foundation announces its semifinalists for the 2012 JBF Restaurant and Chefs Awards. Let's hear it for Valley love! - Chow Bella - Think coffee-cup rings are boring? Artist Hong Yi begs ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Scottsdale Culinary Festival: Battling Burgers, Chocolate and Wine, & Travel Channel Celebs

    Spring will be here before we know it (Yer outta here, chilly, low seventy-degree days!) and that means celebrations-a-go-go for the Valley, including one of the biggest and most popular: The Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Featuring six days of events, restaurants and chefs, wine and spirits, and ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Blood, Bones and Butter Author Gabrielle Hamilton Chats with Chow Bella Book Club

    We got a chance this weekend to chat by phone with chef and author Blood, Bones and Butter. She'd just touched down in Louisville, Kentucky, in the middle of both the country and her book tour for the recently released paperback version of the book. This Thursday she'll be in Tempe at Changing Han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Chef Christopher Gross Cooks for Martha Stewart (It's a Good Thing)

    ​Last night, while the rest of us were watching Modern Family and putting the finishing touches on our Transformers costume for Halloween, Christopher Gross, the James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Christopher's and Crush Lounge in Central Phoenix, was busy with his own evening activit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Bob's Big Burger from Renegade Canteen

    ​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 47: Bob's Big Burge ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Nobuo at Teeter House: One-Night Only, 5-Course Tasting Dinner, Sea Saw Style, on Thursday, May 26

    ​Give the people what they want. That seems to be the response from chef Nobuo Fukuda of Nobuo at Teeter House. When fans kept asking for a night of tasting (a la Sea Saw, the now-defunct Japanese tapas bar that earned Fukuda a James Beard Award in 2007), he obliged, with a one-night-only, 5-c ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 10, 2011
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    March 1, 2011

    Spring Training Eats: West Valley

    Peoria Stadium sure holds a lot of hungry restaurant-goers.​Spring training is in full swing, and this food critic is betting that it won't take too many games before you baseball fans will get tired of all the beer and brats -- or at least all the brats. Looking for a place to chow down be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

    What's up with all the contests lately? Last week, the big news was all the Arizonans on the semifinalist list for James Beard Awards. Also, Noca's Chris Curtiss landed in Food Wine's chef popularity contest, which the public can vote on. Now, round three in the competition department: the Ar ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Renegade Canteen Launches Weekend Brunch

    ​Doesn't a hearty brunch just seem like something a Southwestern restaurant should just own? Apparently chef Robert McGrath -- being the Valley's foremost authority on Southwestern flavors, thanks to that James Beard Award -- agrees, and has just added brunch service to the offerings at Rene ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Chef Announced For New Eatery to Replace Red's Steakhouse at the Wigwam

    ​After recently celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa is undergoing a $7 million rejuvenation that includes a new signature restaurant to replace Red's Steakhouse. Brian Cooper (former exec sous chef at Lon's and sous chef at T. Cook's) returns to the Val ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Chef Robert McGrath Hosting New PBS Show

    ​James Beard Award-winning chef Robert McGrath of North Scottsdale's Renegade Canteen has just been named the host of a new television show on Eight, Arizona's PBS channel. Check, Please! will be a half-hour restaurant review program featuring three different regular Arizonans' takes o ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza Cooks For Political Fundraiser

    "I always watched politics like sports," says Barrio Cafe chef-owner Silvana Salcido Esparza. "But SB 1070 was the straw that broke the camel's back." Nowadays, the acclaimed culinary talent -- who was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award this year -- is getting more politically involved, speaking ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Photos: Chef Peter DeRuvo at James Beard House

    An invitation to cook at Manhattan's James Beard House -- home of the late, great chef and food writer -- is a special honor for the country's best chefs, and last month Sassi executive chef Peter DeRuvo had a rare opportunity to do just that. His July 21 dinner, titled, "Sassi's Italian Summe ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Chris Bianco Branches Out to the Wigwam

    Until Chris Bianco's asthma problems interfered with his day-to-day routine as Arizona's most famous pizzaiolo, the James Beard award-winning chef was a permanent fixture at Pizzeria Bianco's wood-burning oven, where he often watched the Phoenix Suns on a tiny TV next to his workspace. Former Suns o ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Now Open in North Scottsdale: Renegade Canteen

    ​Multiple delays and a big-name chef have made Renegade Canteen one of this year's most highly anticipated restaurant debuts, and now tonight's the night when fans of chef Robert McGrath can once again get their fill of his distinctive American Western cooking. The James Beard Award wi ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    No Beard Love For AZ

    Wah wah wah... Today's an anticlimactic day for some of the most talented people in the Arizona restaurant biz, as the James Beard Foundation announced its finalists for the 2009 awards. Nobody from this state was on the list. But the eight semifinalists who'd been in the running for vario ... More >>

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    March 18, 2008

    Who knew it was recipe contest season?

    Something's up with the alignment of the planets. Lately my inbox has been flooded with emails about recipe contests, and I figured I'd compile the details for all of you fabulous, creative cooks out there. Get crack-a-lackin' and win something, already! The idea behind's "Desperation Dinn ... More >>

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    August 6, 2007

    The dish on dish: a food experience

    When it comes to restaurant openings, I’m like a hungry kid who wants another helping of mac ‘n’ cheese. Another new place? Yes, please! The latest place I’m looking forward to checking out is called dish: a food experience, a new market and bistro that’s set to open this Friday, Augus ... More >>

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    March 6, 2007

    This just in...

    I just got a tip onthe latest at the Phoenician: "Your favorite spot in town (Mary Elaine's) will be no more...after the season they will close for three months and then Jean George will take over the space. I hope JG throws together a good crew as his time at the location will most likely be v ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 20, 2003

    A Restaurant Named Desire

    Deseo delights discerning diners

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